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“Something monomanical”: obsession and the unity of effect

Jack Rosser Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom   A portrait of Poe in 1848, not long prior to his passing in 1849. The concept of monomania first gathered popularity in France at the beginning of the nineteenth century; the term “referred to a type of mental disorder in which a person would have fixed, and often […]

Théodore Géricault: Kleptomania

Portrait of a Kleptomaniac (c. 1820) Théodore Géricault Oil on panel Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium Kleptomania is defined as a recurrent compulsion to steal. Affected persons often act on impulse and are not motivated by economic necessities. They tend not to use the objects they steal but may return them, hide them, or […]